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Seljuk Bronze Rose Water Sprinkler - LK.058
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 3.9" (9.9cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern
Style: Seljuk
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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This bottle is a perfume flask, probably used to contain rose water. It has a globular body, a splayed cylindrical foot, an almost flat shoulder, a narrow neck and a tall straight mouth. Around the mouth are six-bosses. These knobs, which are moulded on the upper cylindrical rim, are reminiscent of Sassanian-style silver ware. A vegetal scroll is incised on the foot of the bottle. The body consists of six rectangular cartouches depicting birds between six medallions depicting foliage motifs.

The form is among one of the many found in Transoxania during the Early Islamic period. Its origin appears to be the common Sassanian silver bottle, of which examples are to be found in Perm, Baku and Kharkov. Very often these vessels have bosses around the neck, as in this case, although here the neck is embellished with a row of key-frets.

This bottle was probably made of high-tin bronze – an alloy of copper and about 20 per cent tin. This alloy was known in early Islamic times as asfidroy, literally “white copper” and was used for bowls, stem bowls, dishes, ewers and candlesticks.

The quality of engraving and the patterns featured on this water sprinkler, would seem to indicate a 12th – 13th centuries dating and possibly a Transoxania provenance. - (LK.058)


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